Are you a McGill professor, post-doctoral fellow or PhD student with an interest in endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs)? Dr. Pete Myers (CEO of Environmental Health Sciences and co-author of Our Stolen Future) and Dr. Karen Peabody O’Brien (Executive Director of Advancing Green Chemistry) will visit McGill to discuss advances in the sciences of endocrine disruption and present TiPED, a new tool for chemists to assess whether chemicals have the potential to be EDCs.
Co-sponsored by the NSERC CREATE in Green Chemistry and the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM), this event is designed to bring together McGill researchers working on EDCs, regardless of faculty affiliation, to get to know each other and to spark interdisciplinary conversations.
About the Speakers
John Peterson (Pete) Myers is founder, CEO and Chief Scientist of Environmental Health Sciences. He holds a doctorate in the biological sciences from UC Berkeley and a B.A. from Reed College. For a dozen years prior to 1990, Myers served as Director of the W. Alton Jones Foundation in Charlottesville, Virginia. Along with co-authors Dr. Theo Colborn and Dianne Dumanoski, Myers wrote Our Stolen Future, a book (1996) that explores the scientific basis of concern for how contamination threatens fetal development. Myers is now actively involved in primary research on the impacts of endocrine disruption on human health. He has chaired the board of the Science Communication Network since its founding in 2003. He has served on the board of the H. John Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment since 2007 and in May 2012 became Board Chair. He also serves on the board of the Jenifer Altman Foundation. Until its merger with Pew Charitable Trust in late 2007, he was Board Chair of the National Environmental Trust. He has also served as Board President of the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity, an association of 40+ foundations supporting work on biodiversity, climate, energy and environmental health.
Karen Peabody O’Brien is Executive Director of Advancing Green Chemistry (with Julie Jones). Prior to that, Karen was Program Manager at the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute (ACS-GCI). At ACS-GCI, Karen worked on making the business case for Green Chemistry and linking the field with environmental health sciences. She co-founded The Ingenuity Project (TIP) at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. TIP was an effort to focus business education on the competitive advantages inherent in environmental issues. For five years prior, Karen was Program Officer for New Ventures at the W. Alton Jones Foundation, a private philanthropy focused on environmental issues and nuclear non-proliferation. At Jones, she managed grants on crossdisciplinary issues including environmental health, sustainable urban development and renewable energy. She also initiated and oversaw the foundation’s ‘Megacities and Sustainable Transportation’ initiative, an international project spanning cities in the US, Asia and Latin America. Karen’s background is in interdisciplinary approaches to political and economic development; she holds a B.A. in Development Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.
Date: May 28, 2013
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Room 340, Bronfman Building
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